Derek B T-Shirt
I’m delighted to announce that Derek’s family have granted me permission to do a limited run of T-shirts featuring the image from the front cover of his ‘Bullet from a Gun ‘ LP.
Available to purchase until Sunday 19th May 2013. This will be a pre-order purchase. After 19th May I will stop taking orders and will get them printed up.
Just £24 – FREE shipping worldwide. Hoodies are £35.
The T-shirt is available in heavyweight by default, but if you request in your order you can also have lightweight or ladies fit.
Please click on your choice below
T-Shirt Size: Small | Medium | Large | XL | XXL Hoody Size: Small | Medium | Large | XL | XXL
About the Shirts
The shirts are Gildan, Heavyweight (205gm) or Lightweight (150gm), Black, Loose fit, with a 3 colour Screen print front. Also available in lightweight or ladies fit upon request.
The hoodies are Gildan, Ultra Cotton, Black, Loose fit 325gsm, front pocket, with a two colour Screen print front.
Payment can be made securely online with a credit card via Paypal.
Born Derek Boland in Hammersmith, London to Trinidadian nurse Jenny Boland, he was raised in Woodford.[disambiguation needed ] When he was 15, he started DJing in a mobile unit around London, before joining local pirate radio stations such as Kiss FM and LWR and finally starting his own station, WBLS (not to be confused with the radio station of the same name in New York).
He joined Simon Harris‘ Music of Liferecord label, as the closest thing they had to an A&R man. When a planned compilation of UShip hop called Def Beats 1 (Music of Life, 1986) ran short of tracks, Boland stepped in to record a track called “Rock the Beat”. He co-produced the track with Harris, rapped on it under the pseudonym, EZQ, and also did his own DJing under the Derek B name. “Rock the Beat” (Music of Life, 1987) was released as a single, and was followed by three more – the most successful of which were “Goodgroove” (Music of Life, 1988), and “Bad Young Brother”, both of which reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart.Derek B’s third and final UK chart entry was “We’ve Got The Juice”, which peaked at #56.
Derek B was the first UKrapper to achieve pop success, appearing on BBC Television‘s Top of the Pops, at a time when the only other rappers who had appeared were Break Machine and Doug E. Fresh. He received criticism for rapping under an assumed American accent, something which was popular in the early days of British hip hop, but later abandoned.
Wikinews has related news:British rapper Derek B dies at age 44